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The Gill Tarot Deck: 78-Card Deck Cards – September, 1997

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Product Details

  • Cards
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880794496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880794497
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Gray VINE VOICE on April 20, 2003
As a frequent Tarot reader for young people, I find myself having to give meanings for cards to participants over and over again. But that stopped just as soon as I discovered the Gill Tarot. I've worn out two decks of Gill Tarot cards, and am now on my third deck.

The pictures of both the Major and Minor Arcana are very beautiful and colorful. The backs contain a Tree of Life and the symbols for it. A great deal of the symbolism that inspired these cards comes directly from classical religious literature. The one thing I didn't like about the backs is that the Tree of Life background makes it obvious when reversed cards are dealt. But, since Elizabeth Gill recommends not using reversed meanings with her deck, maybe that's not such a bad thing after all.

The cards are a strange oversize, a little wider than quite a few of the other deck in my small collection. There's a small white border around the art, and names on all the cards. But I found the width easy to use, and the cards seemed to have good stiffness, without being too hard or inflexible.

The Major Arcana are enough like the standard Rider/Waite Tarot to be understandable to even a novice, but have enough symbolism to enchant the most dedicated readers. But it is the Minor Arana that stopped most of my questions from younger subjects. All of the Minor Arcana have a single word written on them to provide a basic meaning for that card. Although some may find this limiting, simple readings do not have to be an in depth look at the soul - just answers to simple questions. And the same level of symbolism is on all of the Minor Arcana - so if you want to "wing it" you can.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
I do like this tarot deck. A lot of effort was put into the major arcana cards as they are very well drawn. The colors used are a bit different from most of the decks that I have seen and really seem to suit the cards meaning. The minor arcana cards are nice and are quite different from any that I have seen before. All have rather large numbers on them and the symbol of their suit. There is also a bit of a picture or a artistic background to reflect the mood of the card. Each card is also labeled with the meaning of the card which is good for the beginner, but is perhaps too resticting as a card can have several meanings. It is a very nice deck and is a good addition to anyones collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By margie vw on July 20, 2001
I have owned this Deck and used it for over 4 years. This is the most beautiful and awesome deck I have ever used or seen. Everyone I have done a reading for with this deck is so impressed by it's beauty. I actually ordered this deck as a gift for my Daughter in Law! She had never been exposed to TAROT and this really made an impression on her and her husband. If you want a deck that has beautiful artwork, is nontradtional and is easy to read, this is THE DECK for you!!! Enjoy the gifts of Tarot that the Gill Deck can bring to you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Stepaniak on September 23, 2007
I have owned this deck for many, many years. After purchasing and trying out numerous other decks, I seem to always return to this one. A tarot deck must speak to the reader, and this one speaks to my heart and always has something fascinating and new to tell me. The drawings are rich and multilayered, crossing boundaries of ethnicity and gender, but such authenticity seems to have been channeled through the author almost subconsciously, as it appears natural rather than intentional and forced. The colors in this deck are extensive and well utilized, ranging from pastels to primary colors. The cards are sturdy and a pleasing, practical size. Although based on the Tree of Life, they are easily adapted to any style of use as well as a wide range of spreads. I recommend this deck highly, and hope it will become a treasured companion on your life path, as it has been for me.
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